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Crassula alpestris ssp. massonii

Four of the six species belonging to the section Columnares of Crassula are more or less well known (barklyi, congesta, pyramidalis and -of course- columnaris). One other (C. multiceps) I have never even seen and the subject of this post … Continue reading

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Oophytum oviforme

Old plants of this species form clumps with up to 20 egg-shaped (=oviform) bodies, which are 1-2 cm tall and 1-3 cm in diameter. Especially when flowering, the very dense stands in which they grow present an unbelievable show. The white to … Continue reading

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Conophytum meyeri (part 1 of 2)

When a species has many synoniems (16 in this case), one cannot help but wonder what that means. There may be a couple of reasons for the plethora of names, but in this case the most likely one is the species being so highly … Continue reading

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Crassula tecta (part 3 of 3)

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Crassula tecta (part 2 of 3)

   

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Crassula tecta (part 1 of 3)

With their leaves covered in big, coarse papillae (tecta=covered), these great little plants are unmistakable. The papillae protect the leaves again too intense light and strong wind, thereby reducing transpiration. Some forms of Cr. namaquensis look similar, but the papillae are different … Continue reading

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Bulbine haworthioides

Comparing the first three pictures (taken in the wild) to the fourth (taken in cultivation), it may be hard to believe that they represent the same species. The plants occur in quartz gravel on hillocks on the southwestern Knersvlakte. They are geophytes, with a … Continue reading

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